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[feer-lis] /ˈfɪər lɪs/
without fear; bold or brave; intrepid.
Origin of fearless
1350-1400; Middle English fereles. See fear, -less
Related forms
fearlessly, adverb
fearlessness, noun
See brave.
cowardly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then we will send some of these fearless men back to help you.

    White Otter Elmer Russell Gregor
  • She advanced, I cannot say fearless, but therefore only the more brave.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Nor do I doubt he would, if the fearless confidence with which he inspired his troops could have protected his life.

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria Winston Spencer Churchill
  • So fearless were they, that they made nothing of creeping in among the folds of his garments.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He was fearless, energetic, self-reliant; and it was manifest that he was endowed with mental powers of much native strength.

Word Origin and History for fearless

early 15c., from fear (n.) + -less. Related: Fearlessly; fearlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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